A 10-kilometre run is usually par for the course for most AFL players, but for recruit Allen Christensen of the Brisbane Lions, it means a great deal more. The former Geelong player has struggled up to now during the preseason due to a second back operation in September. However, the 23-year-old has been back on track since Christmas and has now just completed a month’s worth of running. Christensen recently managed to hit the 10-kilometre mark for the first time while training with injured fullback Justin Clarke and is happy with his progress. Christensen and his Lions teammates can be backed during the season by checking the BetEasy AFL Odds and making your wagers.
Brisbane has high expectations for their offseason acquisition Christensen as well as for Mitch Robinson and Dayne Beams. Christensen will participate in some light training drills with the squad over the next couple of weeks and hopes to be back in full training sessions two weeks later. Lions’ head coach Justin Leppitsch is banking on the small forward to be ready for the team’s season-opening match with Collingwood, who can also be wagered on by checking out the BetEasy AFL Odds.
Leppitsch remarked, “I think he’ll play the last NAB Challenge game two weeks before round one. That’s something that’s probably too early to call 100 per cent, but I’d like to play him. He’s on schedule. He’s on target and a really good possibility for round one.”
Christensen said it’s been a frustrating experience watching his teammates train, but realizes his back will take some time to fully heal. His first operation came in February of 2014 and he then returned to the club for eight matches last season. His second operation in September meant he had to miss the team’s two finals games.
Christensen said he’s been through the rehabilitation process before, but it’s still tough to have to wait while his teammates work out. He said he realizes his time will come soon though as he’s just four weeks away from returning. He added, “I’m really confident in the direction I’m heading, be that round one or a bit later, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s hard to put a date on, but I’ll be coming hard for round one.”
Leppitsch remarked that Christensen should be an ideal fit for his young side when he’s fit since he has plenty of skill, class, maturity, experience, and leadership and those are things his players need. The coach added that his club lacks mature and experienced players and believes Christensen will be able to keep his cool when playing under pressure. Leppitsch feels Christensen is at his best when the game is on the line and it’s exciting to think what he may add to the club this year. Fans can look over the BetEasy AFL Odds throughout the AFL season to choose the best offers when making their wagers.